I grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and received my BS in Education from Eastern Illinois University. I then received my MA in Teaching from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. I taught 4th grade for two years and then raised two sons with my husband. In 1978, I began a real estate career and three years later joined the late Mac Boyd, ARA, at Boyd Real Estate, Inc. We merged with Farmers National Company in 2006.
I became the first female ARA in Illinois and am an Illinois Certified General Appraiser. In 2004 I became the first female recipient of the Land Realtor of America honor by the Realtors Land Institute. Honors received by the Illinois Association of Realtors were the Associate-Realtor of the Year in 1992 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2005. The Illinois Chapter of the ASFMRA honored me as the first female recipient of the Hall of Fame award.
I've co-written and taught CE courses for the Illinois Association of Realtors in Farm Brokerage and Appraisal.
My participation in the ASFMRA has included work on the Editorial, Bylaws, Governing Task Force and Volunteer Task Force committees. I am chair of the ISPFMRA Bylaws Committee and serve on the Memorial Scholarship Committee. Locally, I am a Charter Member and actively participate in the Arcola Rotary Club and Rotary District 6490 activities.